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Harper Pass

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We followed the Harper Pass Track from Windy Point, up the Hope River, across the Kiwi Saddle and up the Huruni River in three days, covering about 30 miles. Our planned return along the same route was blocked by the rising level of Three Mile Stream ( the swingbridge there having been destroyed a year ago and yet to be replaced). So we backtracked to the Hurunui Hut and went out the 4 wheel drive track leading past Lake Sumner. Good luck hitchhiking brought us out the 30 km gravel road to Highway 7.

webpage by Mike Savage  Photos by Geoff Tomlin.

The trip begins with a crossing of the Boyle River

Six hours of tramping brings up the sumptuous Kiwi-Hope Lodge

The ascent over Kiwi Saddle leaves the Hope River behind and accesses the Hurunui River

The track leads down to the junction of the Hurunui River and Lake Sumner

Sunshine brings out the best in the scenery

We retraced this ground when we found 3-Mile Stream to be uncrossable due to recent rains

A swingbridge crosses the Hurunui River upstream from Lake Sumner

The Hurunui Hut is a real peach

A 3-wire bridge crosses Cameron Stream

The rustic Cameron Hut sleeps 4

Harper Pass, 8 km distant. Here we had to turn around due to time and weather